Greenfield-Central’s Tyler Beeson and New Palestine’s Chris Poturalski advanced to the boys track and field State Finals with top-three regional performances Thursday at Connersville.
Beeson advanced to Bloomington in two events. The G-C senior finished second in the shot put and discus Thursday.
Beeson threw 55 feet, six inches in the shot put, behind only champ Reid Abney (56-6.5) of Franklin. In the discus, Center Grove’s Cameron Tidd (166-3) edged Beeson (163-1).
The top three regional finishers in each event advanced to the State Finals at Indiana University, Saturday, June 7.
Poturalski took third in the 400 meter race, finishing in 49.84 seconds. The Dragons’ junior was behind only Marshall’s Stoney Prowell (49.04) and Columbus East’s Jason Kimmet (49.59).
New Palestine’s Seth Eagleson took fifth in the 3,200 (9:36.37), while fellow NP senior Josh McKean was fifth in the shot put (54-1.5).
Among other G-C regional competitors, Zach Bishop grabbed sixth in the 3,200 (9:39.40). The 1,600 relay squad was fifth (3:27.60). Conner Shaw grabbed eighth in the pole vault (12-6). And Logan Addington finished eighth in the shot put (50-1.5).
None of the Mt. Vernon and Eastern Hancock student-athletes at the North Central Regional earned top-three finishes Thursday.
Mt. Vernon’s Andrew Payne was fifth and ninth, respectively, in the 110 (15.47) and 300 hurdles (41.95).
The Marauders’ Wyatt Gutierrez grabbed eighth in the shot put (46-8) and 10th in discus (138-9).
In the high jump, Eastern Hancock’s Justin Cool-Luke (5-11) and Derrik Noel (5-9) were ninth and 12th. Cooper Henderson was 11th in the long jump (19-9.5).
Eastern Hancock baseball
Host Centerville scored three runs in the second inning then held on for a 3-2 quarterfinal win over Eastern Hancock in Class 2A Sectional 41.
The Royals’ Tom Barton held Centerville to five hits over seven innings with 11 strikeouts and only two walks.
EH collected only four hits, however, with Barton going 2-for-3 at the plate with one RBI.
Cole Fout and David Johnson had the other hits for the Royals (7-15). Fout had a double and one RBI.
Johnson and Devin Denny each had a stolen base for Eastern Hancock, which scored one run in the second inning and another in the third.
On defense, the Royals didn’t make an error.
Eight of the Royals’ nine starters Thursday were sophomores and juniors. Among the starters, only Brandon Ray will be lost to graduation.
New Palestine tennis
New Palestine’s No. 1 doubles team of Kylar Litteral and Kara Miller beat Noblesville’s top team, 7-6 (7-0), 6-1 Thursday at the North Central Sectional in the girls tennis individual state tournament.
Litteral and Miller (21-2), who had lost to the duo from Noblesville earlier in the season, advanced to the Carmel Regional, June 7 (10 a.m.), to play the winner of the Center Grove Regional.
Mt. Vernon golf
In their final match before the Hancock County Championship, the Mt. Vernon boys golf team scored 152 to beat Frankton (161) and Daleville (195) Wednesday at Frankton’s Meadowbrook home course. Oliver Mast (35) took medalist honors for the Marauders, who got help from Will Dant (37), Austin Alexander (38), Jack Harker (42) and Adam Shanahan (43).
“We played really well on a course that none of us had ever played,” MV coach Caleb Zelencik said. “Meadowbrook isn’t the longest of tracks, but man is it narrow. We really managed the course well and made good decisions.”
The Marauders will meet their county rivals at Arrowhead Golf Course in Greenfield Tuesday at 11 a.m.
The sectional is Monday, June 9, at Hawk’s Tail in Greenfield.
“Our top three golfers (Alexander, Mast, Dant) are clicking, and our next 4 golfers are really close to matching their play. I’m excited where we are right now.”
Eastern Hancock golf
In another county tune-up, Eastern Hancock tallied 180 to finish behind Edinburgh (177) and in front of Southwestern (185) at Cypress Run Golf Course.
The Royals’ Nelson Dulin (40) shared medalist honors with Lancers and Spartans golfers, while Caleb Wallen (45), Cole Allen (46) and Jacob Stacey (49) rounded out the EH scoring.